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City of Kelowna chooses contractor for new cop shop

Artist's rendering of the exterior of the new Kelowna Police Services building.
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May 11, 2015 - 11:33 AM

KELOWNA - The city has chosen Bird Design-Build Construction as the primary contractor for the new RCMP police services building to be built at Clement Avenue and Richter Street in Kelowna.

The contract is valued at $39 million and calls for the Calgary-based construction company to shepherd the specialized police services building through the planning and construction phases.

“A design-build selection process was used on this project in order to address thextensive and detailed requirements for the high-security facility in a way that ensured a strong control over the project costs,” city project manager Andrew Gibbs says in a media release.

"Technical input by specialist consultants and contractors, including extensive consultation with the RCMP, has contributed to the quality of this selection process and will result in a facility that will serve the detachment and the community very well for many years to come," he says.

The budget for the 100,000 square foot building is $48 million but includes specialized technical equipment and security systems to be installed near the end of the construction phase.

Kelowna residents approved the $42-million loan needed to finance the project in a referendum last year. The loan will be paid back from tax revenue over 30 years.

Artist's rendering of the exterior view of the new Kelowna Police Service Building.
Artist's rendering of the exterior view of the new Kelowna Police Service Building.
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Artist's rendering of the interior of the new Kelowna Police Services building.
Artist's rendering of the interior of the new Kelowna Police Services building.
Image Credit: Contributed

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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